Wednesday, 15 June 2016

Gnu's on the Blog, Vic Godard & Subway Sect/The Subway Sect/The Stool Pigeons News/Gigs/Releases, EU Referendum, Photographs, Videos, Punk Corner, Creeping Bent, Glasgow Jazz Festival, Richmond Riverside, Capital Radio Jazz Fest 1979, Big Gold Dream, Dobie Gray, Al Green, Jimmy Cliff,The Dells...

Hello peeps, here comes summer. Lots to fit in, if you are EU Referendummed out then you may want to skip the first bit however I hope you won't, to let you know up front I'm in with 'The In Crowd'.

Geographically speaking we are Europeans, and historically  it's in the DNA. The media and politicians are doing their level best to confuse, obfuscate and blur the EU referendum issues, and what's at stake, for their own self serving purposes so I've tried to make my pitch for staying in the EU straightforward (also hoping videos will have subliminal effect) and avoided the 'who knows' scenarios. So in my humble opinion as a British citizen the decision to STAY or leave the EU is nothing to do with: 
Tory/Labour infighting/scrapping or a choice between Cameron or Johnson, both of these over-privileged Tory Bullingdon Boys are as vile as each other and if there wasn't a coup in the Tory offing and Johnson wasn't making a pitch for the Tory leadership then they would almost certainly be singing the same tune, so ignore them both. Voting to stay IN is NOT a vote for Cameron. 
Vertical Immigration - listen closely!

Immigration -
is not the reason there is insufficient social/affordable rental housing to go round, it is because successive governments have continued the policy of selling social housing stock and not using the money to build new homes to replace said depleted stock and so private landlords rule the roost
is not responsible for the decline in our national industries and manufacturing output, the resulting unemployment, lack of alternative employment or retraining opportunities. It is our successive governments which have failed miserably to reinvest at local level leaving it to the whims of those with non dom status and bottomless pockets to exploit where they can, which may or most likely will not result in jobs for locals. However The European Structural Investment Fund finances projects aimed at innovation, research and development, SMEs(small and medium sized enterprises), employment skills, social inclusion, carbon reduction and there's more.....
is not responsible for low interest rates, the collapse of pension funds, raising the age of state pension entitlement, cutting work, jobseeker and disability benefits.........  

The EU referendum is about what We, The People think will be best for us in an everyday kind of way, so if.... 
You want to protect the minimum wage and maximum hours
You want to keep and protect our Human Rights
You don't want Health and Safety regulations relaxed
You don't want developers and non doms to have free reign
You don't want to see worker and union rights further eroded
You don't want our NHS damaged further
You don't want to queue in the non EU passport queue
You don't want an end to easy retirement to warmer European climes and free access to local healthcare
You don't want more expensive holidays in Europe because of a devalued £ (and you don't want an end to 'booze cruises'!)
Then on 23rd June, please vote STAY.
 The Dells 'Stay In My Corner'
The world's a BIG, scary place and we are awfully alone up there, isolated and easy pickings without our EU chums. We need a posse of friends close by, so when making up your mind which way to vote please ignore what all the politicians are telling you and remember as Jimmy Cliff said 'It's a Wild World'.
AND as Al Green sings so beautifully here 'Come On Come On Let's Stick Together'
Nearly finished, just throwing in another random reason to vote STAY, vis a vis the environment that We, The People inhabit - Blackpool's South Beach has just been awarded a Blue Flag for cleanliness, without the environmental regulations brought in by the EU this kind of thing would not be happening all around our coastlines to beaches previously unfit to swim off and companies like United Utilities, in the Blackpool South Beach instance for example, would not have had quite the same motivation to heavily invest in schemes to capture and treat the wastewater that was causing the pollution. 


AND VOTE STAY. Done now.........Oh what the heck let's let the farming community have their say(!):

Capital Radio Jazz Festival Alexandra Palace July 1979 with jazz greats by the bucket, Dave Brubeck, Muddy Waters, Johnny Winter, Lionel Hampton, loads more, I think this is Sonny Stitt and his group.  

Reminds me that it's time for some............................

I know (feel it in my bones, and no it's not the low pressure) that these are going to be two memorable nights with the abundance of musical delights on offer and if you are going to be in Glasgow 25/26th June you'd be mad not to try and make it to at least one of these musical lovefests, you won't regret it. 
First up on this belter of a Creeping Bent Weekender is on Saturday 25th June at the CCA Glasgow - Sounds in the Suburbs presents The Secret Goldfish, Vic & The Stool Pigeons and Stephen Pastel's latest signing Spinning Coin.
Tickets £10 (£5 students) from:
Video Invite 
The Secret Goldfish are celebrating the release of their long awaited new LP, 'Petal Split', their first since 1999, out on Creeping Bent this summer. In true celebratory spirit Creeping Bent are offering The Secret Goldfish cover of Vic and Matthew Ashman's song 'Outrageous Things' for free (or 'name your price'):

Second appearance for Vic & The Stool Pigeons super stars, Douglas MacIntyre, Russell Burn, Malcolm Ross and Mick Slaven, their debut was at the after party for the premiere of Grant McPhee's film Big Gold Dream at the Edinburgh International Film Festival 2015. Their set, made up of Bowie, The Fire Engines, Josef K, Orange Juice and VU covers plus a few Subway Sect numbers, went down a storm, expect a similar set at the CCA this month. Fay Fife guested on Sweet Jane in 2015, filmed this storming version at the sound check.
More videos from the sound check here: 
and a new Vic Godard & The Stool Pigeons FB page, a work in progress: 

Spinning Coin are the latest signing to Stephen Pastel's Geographic (Domino) label, their single 'Albany' has been getting a lot of attention since it's release in March this year.                                      
HOT FUN IN THE SUMMERTIME / BENT WEEKENDER Part 2 Sunday 26th June Glasgow Jazz Festival Presents
Club Left, Cool Bop and Swing at the CCA with Vic Godard & The Subway Sect and Jazzateers.
Vic by Jock McTavish 100 Club 20/11/2014

Can't wait, the sold out 100 Club Club Left Reprise in 2014 was a brilliant night of Cool Bop and Swing, reigniting the buzz of late night early (very) 80's club life. The Subway Sect, Chris, Rob, Sean and Dave were my Subway Sect, although I have known Rob and Myers for pretty much as long as I've known Vic, The Subway Sect were Vic's group when I met him and we had lots of adventures on the road. I found a couple of photos from a trip north, I can't remember where we were on our way to but we stopped off in Matlock, Rob Marche on the left with the trumpet player (sorry, I can't remember his name, my excuse is he only occasionally played),1982 my guess by the hair (mine).

Back in the 21st century 'Falling in Love Takes Time'. Vic Godard & The Subway Sect 100 Club 20/11/2014 courtesy of Lee McFadden and Chris Bostock. 
At Club Left at the Glasgow Jazz Festival Pete Saunders is is joining the line up as very special guest on keys. Pete and Vic go back a ways, including Vic singing with Pete Saunder's Fallen Heroes 1998 and both playing/singing respectively with The Leopards at the LSE and Glasgow. The set list will be mostly Songs For Sale plus a few more numbers. Shivering with pleasurable anticipation.  
The first time Vic played at the Glasgow Jazz Fest was in 2013 (near enough to be coincidental, the 27th June) and he was Jazzateers special guest. They were making a rare appearance to celebrate the release of 'Don't Let Your Son Grow Up To Be A Cowboy', unreleased recordings 1981/2 on Creeping Bent. Jazzateers have been coaxed out to make another rare live appearance at Club Left at the CCA. It is  rumoured that Mr James Kirk as well as playing with The Secret Goldfish on 25th may also be making a rare appearance to join Jazzateers on 'Holiday Hymn'. (So you might get two 'Holiday Hymns' over the weekend, you never know)

And there's more... tunes to bop to from the original Club Left DJ sets. Another one not to miss! Tickets £15 from CCA:  

Check Whats on Glasgow for details of all three of Vic's Glasgow gigs coming up and many more Glasgow events: 

If you haven't seen Big Gold Dream yet its last festival screening (possibly a slightly different cut, possibly with a bit of extra 1977 live punk footage) is on 19th June at Tartan Features Micro Film Festival Govanhill Baths Glasgow.
This is a segment from the Q&A that followed the premiere of BGD at EIFF 2015 with Douglas MacIntyre, Malcolm Ross, Jo Callis, Ken McClusky and Vic. 
                           Who is that?? Circa 1988

 Punk Corner

Whilst hunting through 100s of photographs for a particular picture I came across this photograph of Vic and Dave Morgan at Mark Perry's Punk 20th anniversary do at the 100 Club 1996. 

Punk 1976-78 - Punk photography and ephemera, like the Bernard Rhodes and Vivienne Westwood T shirt s exhibition on at the British Library until 2nd October:

Interesting BBC Radio 4 programme  - to mark its 40th anniversary, Mark Hodkinson talks to Paul Cook and fans about the impact of punk rock outside of London and, in particular, in Yorkshire where the Sex Pistols played their first and last gigs outside the capital.

 Due to a series of unfortunate events (I got a tooth abscess, inadvertently stabbed myself in the hand and put my back out lifting a bed), we didn't make it to the Bernard Rhodes Talk Show at the British Library, sort of wish (in a kinda masochistic kinda way) that we'd made it, from all accounts it was interesting with Bernard beginning the way he intended to proceed by ignoring the social niceties, abandoning the Q&A format and doing his own thing standing at the podium. More photographs by Phil G:

Talking of John Robb, this was taken at our old 'garden flat' where he interviewed Vic for his book 'Punk Rock: An Oral History' 

Hopefully we will still be Europeans when Vic and Subway Sect set off for their two visits to mainland Europe in September, flights booked and raring to go. First up is two nights in Turin, playing at Junkyard Festival on 17th September, Magazzini sul Po and another date TBC on 18th. 
and then we're heading to Carballo, not far from La Coruna on 23rd September for XiriaPop 2016.  Check for line up additions here:

Gnu Inc Records 7" Launch Weekender 13-15th October!

To celebrate the release of Gnu Inc's Vic Godard 7" 'I'll Find Out Over Time' and 'Dead Dreamy' with fab art work by that talented Mr A P Shaw (17th October) there is a trio of gig treats lined up for the launch, kicking off on Thursday 13th October in Manchester with -
Dandy Presents Vic Godard & Subway Sect
Plus Special Guests TBC
Gullivers 109 Oldham St 

Tickets £10 available locally at Gullivers, Piccadilly Records & on line at Billetto:
at: [] 

Friday 14th October - The Cumberland Arms Newcastle. Michael C is pulling out all the stops for his SIXTH Children of Godard night, with Vic and Subway Sect And Band of Holy Joy And Quarterlight and more.......
Advance Tickets £10 (+admin) available locally in Newcastle at Beatdown, Reflex and RPM and on line at: []
£12 on the door. Loving Band Of Holy Joy's 'And Then The Real Thing Comes Along' to footage from Wigan Casino.


Saturday 15th October - Wee Red Bar Edinburgh - Gnu's promoting (me!!)
Gnu Inc in association with Sounds in the Suburbs & Murray Ramone Presents Vic Godard & Subway Sect AND The Sexual Objects
Wee Red Bar Lauriston Place Edinburgh EH3 9DF
Tickets £10 (+admin) available from Ripping Records South Bridge:

& Tickets Scotland:
Info for the gig also at Whats on Edinburgh, an extraordinarily extensive listings site (all the Whats on sites are):

Two more goodies coming up in November.....

25th November - Bernie Connor's Birthday - Buyers Club Music Liverpool - Info to follow! 

26th November - Glasgow and it's Sounds in the Suburbs Sect/SOBs Special Time!
The Date - Saturday 26th November - The Place Stereo - The Time - 7.30pm - SEE YOU THERE!
Advance Tickets £13 (£15 on the door) from Alan Suburb at: & on line at Tickets Scotland (+admin charge):
Lots more Sounds in the Suburbs goodies coming up over the next few months: 

AND THEN........THE FINALE......Friday 9th December...... Gnu Inc Presents at The Water Rats London........Treats Galore in Store! Info to follow.

Aural Delights
Listen again to DJ Sue Grants Radio Show 13/06/106 - cracker of a show, every Monday at 6pm on Shoreditch Radio. 
The extensive play list 13/06/2016: 

 Sunday 19th June 4pm The Jazz Lounge Radio Show with your host Grace Black on K107FM Live and Local from Kirkcaldy, this week featuring musicians playing at the Glasgow Jazz Festival, including two tracks from Songs For Sale that Vic & The Subway Sect will be performing at the CCA on 26th June.

The soulful Sound System radio show brought to you by Ray Martino and Angel Pages, every Tuesday night on Ràdio Premià de Mar
It's a gem, every week featuring different artists with a soulful way about them, you can catch up with past episodes here: 

Wholly incidentally Premià de Mar looks very enticing, 40 km up the coast from Barcelona.

The very atmospheric photograph of Vic below was taken by photographer Brian David Stevens at a Subway Sect gig (Wet Dog version, Trigger, Leigh C, Rebecca G and Sophie P) next to Tide Tables Cafe Richmond Riverside, mid 2000s, there used to be an annual mini outdoor music festival on their terrace.  
Renowned for his striking portraits of the likes of Wilko and Jock Scot, to name just a couple, Mr Stevens will shortly be adding a portrait of Vic to the illustrious list.
Talking of Richmond Riverside I worked for boat builder Mark Edwards at his boathouses, beside and inside Richmond Bridge for four summers 2000-04, after 17 years in local government it was quite a change, learning about the history of boat building in Richmond, the differences between the different boats, chandlery, sail making, heaving flood boards in and out of place, watching the world go by, Bamber Gascoigne, who lived nearby, used to go for a swim every morning, rain or shine. Mark specialises in building historical and traditional river pleasure craft of the rowing variety including shallops and wherrys and I was lucky enough to be there when the royal barge Gloriana and a replica of the first submarine were being built. 

The photographs below are of the floating of Gloriana, the sun was going down and we had to wait for the peak of a very high tide, this is when you find out if something has buoyancy or not! Halcyon days by the river. 

I'll leave you with another photo find, me and Myers just after Vic and I moved in to our garden flat 1987.  
Adios and Swing Gently Peeps!

PS There will be tweaks.

Friday, 6 May 2016

Gnu's on the Blog: Vic & Subway Sect/ The Subway Sect/The Stool Pigeons News,Gigs/Releases Brighton, Jock Scot, Shakespeare, Glasgow Jazz Festival, Creeping Bent, Loads of Videos, London mayor, Ian Dury, Jackson 5, The Equals, Little Richard,Anita Ward,Other Aural Delights & More.. ,

View of London skyline from Epsom Downs 14th April 2016
Lots to fit in so cracking on......
The London Mayoral election, all over now, in my opinion a bit of a politically irrelevant vanity post, an excuse to add yet another dining car to the Expenses Express.
Smug Jobby by Jock Scot
My job is very important
My job pays exceedingly well
And as for the poor and their problems
Well they can all go to hell.
"Beauforts red sparkling eyes blab his hearts malice, and Suffolks cloudy brew his stormy hate" Henry lV Part II William Shakespeare
  There wasn't much to choose between the two front runners,they were less of a lessness, one born very rich, one not (although on an MPs starting salary of £70,000+, more than most of us earns), one a Brexit bonehead, the winner a a cagey Innit (and New Labour, already attacking Mr Corbyn's leadership), neither were offering anything that was likely to improve the lives of the Londoners who work and live (for now) in London. Paying an average £200,000+  for 25-33% of a flat under shared ownership, paying rent on the remaining 66-75% plus 100% of all service charges including major works and paying a mortgage for 25 years to possibly end up owning the same 25-33% you started with and still liable for the rent on the remainder, does NOT equate to 'Affordable Housing'. On the other hand I'm sure that both would have, and Mr Khan will, roll out the red carpet a little further for the non tax paying non domicile billiogarchs that blight and feed off our capital city and cater further to their housing 'needs'. 

Definitions of AVOID - keep away from or stop oneself from doing (something),  refrain from, bypass, dodge, eschew, escape, duck (out of), fight shy of, shirk from, EVADE, steer clear of, sidestep, circumvent. Definitions of EVADE - get away from, AVOID, escape, to get around, shirk, or dodge. Synonyms for EVADE AVOID, escape, dodge, shun, elude, eschew, steer clear of, sidestep, circumvent, duck, shirk 
A sentence containing both words might be: 'It would of course be wildly inappropriate and unfair if one was to confuse or compare those who quite legally pay accountants vast sums of money to avoid paying their taxes with the corrupt miscreants and criminals who do the same to evade paying them.

'Pay The Rate' Vic Godard & Subway Live 2011 featuring Dave Morgan on drums, Gnu Inc CD single #2

 Kilburn & The High Roads " I've Got 

Oh What A Night!
 Vic & Subway Sect in a packed Green Door Store by Phil G 30/04/2016. More of Phil's photographs here:
THANK YOU Shelley and Phil for putting on a joyously unforgettable night in Brighton. Lots and lots of luvverly people squeezed in to the Green Door Store for this Spinningchilli Springs/Sect Seaside very special Special. A night and a half squeezed in to a few hours, great to catch up with lots of old friends and make new ones, stonkers of sets from the Bitter Springs and Vic & Subway Sect, a stand out night. Special thank you to the lovely David for the wine and chocolates (chocs arrived safely). V&Gxx 
Brilliant 'Born To Be A Rebel' with Simon Rivers on backing vocals filmed by Tim Melia -
Lucky with our friends in so many ways, here is a selection of some of the FAB photographs of Vic and Subway Sect, Simon Rivers and The Bitter Springs, Vic and The Springs and Simon with Vic and Subway Sect the night courtesy of Nigel Bailey, Peter Tainsh, Phil G, 'Jane Barnes', Steve Clements, Vincent Arquillière.
Vic & Si GDS 30/04/2016 by Peter Tainsh.
More of Peter's lovely photographs of Vic, Sect & Springs at the GDS here:

More photos from Vincent Arquillière: 

Jane B's photographs of Sect and Springs:

I think that this is one of my favourites, Vic and Dave Morgan by Peter Tainsh.

Then again it is hard to choose, I also rather like this moody blue one of Phil G's-

And then there are the videos!
Storming Nobody's Scared filmed by 'Jane Barnes' and more of Jane's videos here:
'The Water Was Bad' filmed by Tracey H
'I Find Out Over Time' also filmed by Tracey
More of Lee & Tracey's videos here:

This was such a contrast to what occurred the next night in London W10 which was a total fiasco and Vic didn't get to play. Not long after 6pm when it was obvious the 3.30pm sound check wasn't going to happen at all apart from no back line the first group Youth were on at 6pm, Vic went for a wander. On his return, along with a large group of understandably hacked off wristband wearers he discovered he couldn't get in to the venue (opened at 6pm) because no one mentioned in advance that specific photo ID was needed by punters and the groups (because of previous trouble there) to get in. By the time Vic eventually got back in (one of the promoters turned up and got him in and then vanished again) it was past the Sect's stage time and the next group up, who had the back line Vic was going to borrow, had to go on as they had trains to catch and obviously were taking their b/line home with them. By this time this was moot as the Sect also had trains to catch, the organisers did not seem to have factored in that it was a Bank Holiday Sunday and the underground/trains finished early. There was no point wasting any more time hanging around (the last act The Woodentops, also having been refused entry) so Vic and the others left the scene, shortly after the gig was shut down. I have never come across such a total lack of organisation before, or lack of respect shown for both the groups and punters alike, there was no one from the promoters on site (or responding to phone calls, etc) to manage the situation or even to try and alleviate it and as far as I'm concerned the buck stops with the organisers, they hired the venue, the security team were doing their job and single handedly dealing with a hostile situation that was not of their making (I'm told police were there at one point).  Apart from this prior to the event Vic had been added to another event without asking him or even telling him and when he said he was not up for it did they take his name off the poster? No. However what I found actually distasteful and crass was the organisers leaving Jock Scot's name on a poster following his death and still there on their social media sites up to the event, a week after his funeral. Shame on you PL. 
  'The Sewer Song' Vic Godard & The Bitter Springs featuring Jock Scot


Next Month me and Vic will set off on our first Scottish adventure of 2016, heading to Glasgow for two VERY special Creeping Bent/Sounds in the Suburbs/Glasgow Jazz Festival nights at the CCA Glasgow. 

Hot Fun In The Sun/ The Creeping Bent Weekender 25/26th June!!!
 Saturday 25th June
The Secret Goldfish, celebrating the release of their long awaited new LP 'Petal split' out on Creeping Bent this summer. The Stool Pigeon superstars are getting together again Vic, Malcom Ross, Mick Slaven, Russell Burn and Campbell Owens stepping in on bass, what with Douglas MacIntyre being otherwise engaged with Goldfish duties, expect covers of Orange Juice, Josef K, The Fire Engines, Bowie, Velvet Underground and a couple of Subway Sect songs Plus Spinning Coin newly signed to  Stephen Pastel's Geographic (Demon) label. Tickets £10 (£5 students) from Tickets Scotland and the CCA.

Sunday 26th June The Glasgow Jazz Festival welcomes Club Left at the CCA.

Vic is getting back again with The Subway Sect, Chris Bostock, Rob Marche, Sean McLusky and delighted to have Pete Saunders on board on the keys. If you fancy a night of Cool Bop and Swing then join Vic & The Subway Sect and very special guests The The Jazzateers at the CCA. Tickets £15 from CCA: 
Video courtesy of Rev Jock, November 2014 at a sold out 100 Club London.  


Spain and Italy in September........ 
3rd September XiriaPop Festival Carballo La Coruna 

17th September Junkyard Festival Torino

GNU INC 7" News Bulletin
 By George he did it! Dr of Music Mike Coe triumphs again, IFOOT now sounding as superb as Dead Dreamy and Gnu Inc aiming to release on 17th October. Launch Weekender 13/14/15th October and thanks to A P Shaw's second sight with his poster design the Launch Weekender appropriately kicks off at Gullivers on 13th October.
Dandy Presents Vic Godard & Subway Sect Plus Special Guests TBC
109 Oldham Street
Manchester M4 1LW
Tickets £10 advance available locally from Gullivers:
and Piccadilly Records 53 Oldham Street:

and on line at billetto:

14th October Children of Godard Presents
Vic Godard & Subway Sect and Band of Holy Joy
Plus Special Guests TBC
The Cumberland Arms
James Place Street
Newcastle NE6 1LD
£10 ADVANCE / £12 ON DOOR.
Paper tickets available from Beatdown Records, Reflex CD Vinyl Newcastle and RPM Music, Newcastle

On line tkts: 

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15th October Gnu Inc promoting in Edinburgh!
Saturday 15th October 
Vic Godard & Subway Sect 
And The Sexual Objects
Wee Red Bar
74 Lauriston Place 
Edinburgh EH3 9ES

Tickets  from Gnu Inc: £10  + £1 admin per order:
and Ripping Records: £10 + admin available 

Van McCoy - Do The Hustle 

25th November 
Bernie Connor's Birthday! Buyers Club Hardman Street
Liverpool L1 9AX. Info to follow. 

 26th November 
Sounds in the Suburbs Presents
Vic Godard & Subway Sect
And The Sexual Objects
Renfield Lane
Glasgow G2 6PH
Advance Tickets £13 from Alan: and

Possible gnu inc Christmas do on the cards....Watch this space! Stop Press......CONFIRMED 9th December...Vic & The Gnu's Christmas Do at The Water Rats Kings Cross London.....Details to Follow.

Some time in late 2015..... Nightfall and the gnus were gathered at the drinking hole, a gentle breeze wafted in from the south filling the gnus' nostrils with an intoxicating plethora of mingling whiffs, so at first it was hard to distinguish which particular whiff it was that suddenly made the fur on the back of the gnus' necks stand on end and set the alarm bells ringing 'Nuisance Alert'. It was with a shudder that went from horn to hoof that the gnus realised it was the malodorous reek of stale cigar smoke drifting closer and closer that presaged the return of an infectious infestation thought to have been eradicated from the herd some four years earlier...........
Bad Manners 'Lip Up Fatty'

As it turned out the incident passed without incident (sic) just a bête noire moment - COURTESY = RESPECT, the inverse of which is obvious.
One of the things I personally think is piss poor very bad  manners and showing a total lack of respect to the person or persons concerned is to pass on phone numbers without asking first. The next person that does it to me or mine and I'm sending the boys round. In other words:
The next person who takes the P
Take heed for you will get to see 
How very fierce gnus can be

You Can Ring My Bell (But ONLY if I've given the OK!) 

Take a Break, Take a DJ Sue & DJ Joe Show on Shoreditch Radio


 If you missed the absolutely brilliant   'Little Richard In His Own Words' on BBC 6 Music (the man is ) I think there is still time to have a listen, it will make your day, one of the most entertaining radio shows I've ever listened to! WOOP

The Dave and Lee Travesty Show #15, hosted by Dave Smith and Lee McFadden, on Croydon Radio. Vic is guesting on this, I think he talked so much so he could keep the obscure punk tracks to a minimum, very entertaining and informative. Nearly forgot, first airplay for a 1979 Northern Soul demo 'Fortunes Come' with Vic, Myers and Rob Green plus 'Dead Dreamy' from the forthcoming gnu inc 7 ".

Alan Powell's latest Down in the basement podcast Episode 56, another hour of the best 50/60/70s soul, funk, R&B and fuzzed up rock and roll.

Alan's radio show with much the same music is broadcast every Wednesday 6-8pm at

Vic's friend Leka Mladenovic has a new exhibition just opened in Belgrade, on until the end of September 
"Панк портрети династије Обреновић" or "Punk Portraits of Dynasty Obrenović". 
Leka talks about the exhibition on RTS (yes, you do need to understand Serbian!):  

Alphabetical Exercise in Shakespearean Mode.
Jock Scot on form, Soho 1992.

Most of Jock's poems that I've sprinkled here and there are from 'Where Is My Heroine' Poems of Jock Scot, first published by Castle Star 1992, the latest (sold out) limited edition published in 2016 in Jock's memory (proceeds to his family). I can't find any copies of any editions for sale so I think it's time for another edition Algernon.
Part Two - This, That & The Other

From time to time Vic is asked to do a bit of video for this and that, we don't have smart phones and have an aversion to the webcam so when this arises it means filming with the camcorder. This is never as straightforward as you might think and I have folders of out takes, to which I have recently added the below, Take 1(of 18!) of a plug for Neu! Reekie! #UntitledTwo. 

 Gnu Inc CD single #3 Wayward Biro, a few of these limited edition CDs will be available to buy after the gigs or you could wait and buy the box set at the end of the year.

I LOVE the new Pet Shop Boys single, returning to their 90's roots with this particularly wistful and melancholic dance song - The Pop Kids.

What an eminently sensible, thoughtful organisation, enabling those less able to enjoy live music:

Some great Dandy gigs coming up in Manchester: The Fallen Leaves 12th May (after their Marc Riley session on 6 Music), The Nightingales 26th May (after their Marc Riley session on 6 Music), Pete Williams 14th June (and Vic in October!). 

 The Nightingales May Tour starts on 12th May with Spinningchilli in Brighton 

and rounds off on 29th May at Cluny 2 Newcastle…/the-nightinga…/the-cluny2/950767  

Planning a trip to Norfolk? 
 The Control Tower Walsingham could be the place for you. The dog friendly Stirling Suite is now open and available to book. 
Donkeys at the gate of Harry's Field Campsite New Forest (waiting for opening day!

Or if you fancy a camping break the gentle old fashioned 'Famous Five' way (plus trimmings!) with a camp fire, Timmy by your side (dogs welcome accompanied by considerate owners) and lashings of ginger beer (or whatever your tipple may be as The Foresters Arms a country pub with award-winning food and selection of real ales is conveniently very close by) and all within in the stunning surroundings of the New Forest, then your luck is in as our friends Viv and Ian new family run campsite 'Harry's Field' opens Bank Holiday Weekend between 27th-30th May and are taking bookings now. (PS There are all the modern conveniences of flushing loos and hot showers) 
Harry's Field Camp Site Abbotswell Road Frogham Fordingbridge New Forest SP6 2JA 
My Grandma Gertie and Great Auntie Flossie and Vic's Great Auntie Flo with her very big Alsatian.

Vic and I went to the Epsom Races on the spur a couple of weeks ago, the Spring meeting. I was in a devil may care frame of mind and bet and lost on all except the last race and no I didn't bet and win, I didn't have a bet at all. Vic on the other hand, unusually, only had the one bet and won. Video of the last furlong of one of the races I lost in, you can just about hear my optimistic encouragements fading away as I realise it's another lost cause.

 Racing was one of the interests that Vic and Jock Scot shared and true to form (excuse the pun), for his funeral Jock requested that people make a donation to the Injured Jockeys Fund instead of sending flowers.

 Ian Dury and The Blockheads - Sweet Gene Vincent

Jock Scot 21/09/1952 13/04/2015
Jock Scot photographed at the Social by Peter Tainsh 14/09/2015 

Apart from Mr G there were only two men in my life who I kissed on the lips as a matter of course whenever I met up with them, one was my father and the other was Jock. 

Idler of the Year 2015 - excerpt from interview with Tom Hodgkinson.

Full interview here:

29th March 2013 at The Water Rats and Jock making one of his many special appearances at Vic's gigs, filmed by Lee McFadden and Tracey Holloway.

Jock Scot and British Sea Power  'Someone's Yearning (You're Next) filmed by Lee Mcfadden at The Lexington 12/12/2015. 

One of my personal favourites and a lasting memory of Jock is from a memorable and very special night at the Social last year, here with two of his daughters Tara and Poppy, filmed by Tracey H.

For Davy Henderson by Jock Scot

It may be a beautiful sky tonight Baby
But it's only a shelter for a world at risk
It's not a bad life, things could be worse
I could be stricken monthly with the curse
Or carted off to hospital full of LSD
And sedated by a nurse
You want me to look at the stars
I'd rather look at your arse
It may be a beautiful sky tonight Baby
But it's only a shelter for a world at risk 

Workers on holiday
Mothers having babies
Backing six winners at Cheltenham
Not knowing what day it is

It's not a bad life, things could be worse..

But that sky Baby, is only a shelter
For a world at risk  

Farewell Jock, we are going to miss you.